All four models feature 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery packs hidden under the trunk floor. Supposedly, this gives enough energy for more than 40km of electric-only running. From a 7.2kWh
In the Q5, the A6, and the
The A8, meanwhile, is available as a 55 TFSI e or a 60 TFSI e, where the V6 is uprated to 436hp and a massive 699Nm. It also uses a conventional eight-speed auto rather than a dual-clutch. In all four cars, the electric motor is integrated into the transmission.
Naturally, there’s energy regeneration when braking, plus a load of drive modes that control how the hybrid system stores, releases, and regenerates power. EV mode forces the car to run on electric power for as long as possible, while Hold instructs it to save electric power for later in the journey. Same old PHEV story.
More info, including performance figures no doubt, at Geneva.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.